Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech – America First

Mr. Trump’s speech today was both well done, in fact phenomenal, and was a reversal back to the more conservative, rational, and focused approach to foreign policy and national security of the past.

Trump’s position and way-ahead is a move back to the Nixon-Kissinger-Reagan philosophy and policies that pitted American foreign policy and national security, built around the strategy and framework of incorporating the pillars of U.S. national strength via diplomacy, economic and military power — in other words the capability of peace through strength.

The “Trump Doctrine,” as I will call it is implemented around engagement, respect, developing stability, and trust (but verify), and puts to bed the notion of past Neocon failed policies of strike first and nation building afterwards. Whether you like Trump or not, his commitment to friends, allies, and most importantly his commitment to America’s interests, and to America and Americans first — shows resolve and a constructive approach with the end-state toward peace and prosperity, rather than an unknown.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC -- which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy, and strategy assessments for the U.S. and foreign private sector and governments entities, media groups and outlets, and to political groups, forums, and political candidates. He is an author and writer providing regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and for both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private groups on national security matters – focusing on international strategic policy and engagement, and strategic intelligence, and subject matter expertise on special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare and conflict.